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DATE News (chronologically)
11/20/10
MacauGP
Mortara on Pole for Macau Grand Prix Qualification Race
Edoardo Mortara
Edoardo Mortara kept himself on course for an historic Formula 3 Macau Grand Prix double when he took pole position on Saturday morning for the afternoon’s Qualification Race.

With the second qualifying session having been rescheduled for Saturday morning following delays to the program on Friday, Mortara kept himself on top of the timesheets as drivers improved on their early benchmark efforts.

Despite two red flag interruptions – caused when Adderly Fong and then Yuji Kunimoto crashed in the Solitude Esses in separate incidents – Mortara delivered a lap that demoted Signature team-mate Laurens Vanthoor from the top of the timesheets with eight minutes remaining.

Edoardo Mortara
That effort was enough to keep him ahead of a late lap from Valtteri Bottas which sealed him second, with Vanthoor eventually ending up third and Daniel Abt fourth.

Afterwards, Mortara admitted that his car had not been perfect. “Every time in the past I have missed pole position, and now we have finally done it,” said the Italian. “It was a big challenge today and I’ve had to push with all I’ve got – because I was struggling a lot with the car, especially in the mountain section, where normally it is pretty fast.”

Bottas was much happier to have got himself up to second, having brushed the barriers early in the session and needing to come into the pits for repairs.

“I touched the wall slightly, got a puncture and at the next corner I went wide too,” said the Prema driver. “That broke the car a little bit, so I had to come in – and afterwards the steering was not straight. But I still managed to get this time so I am happy.”

There were several other crashes – with Jean-Eric Vergne, Will Buller, Oliver Webb, Yuji Kunimoto and Antonio Felix da Costa among those to hit the barriers.

Results

POS

NO DRIVER NAT TEAM TIME LAPS GAP
1 1 Edoardo MORTARA ITA Signature 2:11.165 11 0.000
2 28 Valtteri BOTTAS FIN Prema Powerteam 2:11.383 9 0.218
3 3 Laurens VANTHOOR BEL Signature 2:11.594 12 0.429
4 4 Daniel ABT GER Signature 2:11.919 12 0.754
5 2 Marco WITTMANN GER Signature 2:11.937 11 0.772
6 16 Roberto MERHI ESP Prema Powerteam 2:12.063 10 0.898
7 23 Carlos HUERTAS COL Hitech Racing 2:12.543 11 1.378
8 32 Felix ROSENQVIST SWE Performance Racing 2:12.664 11 1.499
9 26 Renger VAN DER ZANDE NED Motopark Academy 2:12.682 9 1.517
10 15 Daniel JUNCADELLA ESP Prema Powerteam 2:12.861 11 1.696
11 5 Jean-Eric VERGNE FRA Carlin 2:13.042 9 1.877
12 11 Alexander SIMS GBR Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:13.261 8 2.096
13 8 Antonio DA COSTA POR Carlin 2:13.511 11 2.346
14 7 Jazeman JAAFAR MAS Carlin 2:13.520 12 2.355
15 30 Hywel LLOYD GBR CF Racing with Manor Motorsport 2:13.536 11 2.371
16 12 Felipe NASR BRA Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:13.576 10 2.411
17 6 James CALADO GBR Carlin 2:13.609 9 2.444
18 17 Oliver WEBB GBR Fortec Motorsport 2:13.651 9 2.486
19 20 Alexandre IMPERATORI SUI Toda Racing with KCMG 2:13.752 11 2.587
20 24 Carlos MUNOZ COL Hitech Racing 2:14.660 11 3.495
21 10 Rafael SUZUKI BRA Tom's 2:14.733 11 3.568
22 19 Lucas FORESTI BRA Fortec Motorsport 2:14.743 11 3.578
23 21 Yuhi SEKIGUCHI JPN Three Bond Racing 2:14.826 10 3.661
24 18 Will BULLER GBR Fortec Motorsport 2:14.855 11 3.690
25 14 Rio HARYANTO INA Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2.14.860 10 3.695 
26 27 Kimiya SATO JPN Motopark Academy 2:15.671 10 4.506
27 13 Michael HO MAC Raikkonen Robertson Racing 2:16.314 10 5.149
28 22 Hideki YAMAUCHI JPN Hanashima Racing 2:18.456 7 7.291
29 9 Yuji KUNIMOTO JPN Tom's 2:18.473 7 7.308
30 29 Adderly FONG HKG Sino Vision Racing 2:18.942 10 7.871

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